Niagara Gazette

November 6, 2012

BLOTTER: Police reports published Nov. 6

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette


Man's death in Niagara River was suicide

Authorities say they've determined that a man whose body was found floating in the Niagara River committed suicide.

Fishermen spotted the body late Sunday afternoon in the water off the Beaver Island State Park marina on Grand Island

State parks police say Monday that the man had left his car along the shoreline in Buffalo with a note inside. Authorities are withholding his identity, except to say he was from the nearby Town of Tonawanda.



Drunken driver strikes fully-loaded school bus

Two children suffered minor injuries when a car backing away from the Niagara Hotel parking lot hit a fully-loaded school bus on Friday.

Gerald R. Wohleben, 55, 6773 Rapids Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation and unsafe backing. Wohlben faces felony DWI charges based on a prior conviction on June 29, 2011.

A 9-year-old girl struck her head on seat in front of her and an 11-year-old boy suffered some pain from hitting his head on the window. According to the report, they declined treatment.

The bus had a driver and 48 passengers. All of their names were recorded by police.

The accident occurred near the intersection of North Transit Street and Niagara Street and Wohlben was backing out of the parking lot.

According to the report, police noted an odor of alcohol and Wohleben admitted to drinking at the Niagara Hotel. He failed all field sobriety tests. He registered a blood alcohol content in access of 0.18 percent. The time the accident occurred was not provided.


Niagara Falls

SHOOTING: Police are investigating a shooting in the 3200 block of Ninth Street. A 29-year-old man told officers he was in his home at 3:58 a.m. playing PlayStation when "an individual kicked the the door in." The victim told police, "I got up to see what was going on and as I came around the corner I got shot in the chest." Officers said the victim suffered a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound.

ASSAULT: Officers are looking into an assault in the area of 18th Street and Pine Avenue. A 48-year-old man told police he was at a party at 4:30 a.m. Sunday and when he went outside he became involved in an argument with another man. The victim said the other man broke a leg off a table that was nearby and began hitting him in the arm, causing minor injuries.

BURGLARY: Police are investigating a burglary in the 500 block of Third Street. A 74-year-old man told officers that sometime between 9 a.m. Saturday and 9:45 a.m. Sunday someone broke into his rental property and damaged the drywall. The victim said a stove and refrigerator were also taken.

ROBBERY: Officers are looking into a robbery in the 600 block of Ninth Street. A 59-year-old man told police that he was standing outside of his home at 4:40 p.m. Sunday when he was attacked by an unknown number of suspects. The victim said he was hit in the back of his head and knocked to the ground. The suspects reportedly took the victim's wallet and keys.